Article By: Steve Kehler
Photos By: Pudge & Duval
I was going to write an article about how great of an invention this quad was, but
then, I figured, why not let the man that built it tell you about it himself! So, here is Steveís
version of what this awesome creation of his is all about. -Shorty
Hi, my name is Steve Kehler, owner, builder and designer of the Kehler Quad
Street-legal 4-wheeler Hayabusa, and shop owner of TOCC (Tricked Out Custom
Cycles) in Hatboro PA. I had this idea for eight years now, and finally, Iíve built the monster
this past year.
The bike is based on a 2000 Suzuki Hayabusa. We first started in making a rear
swingarm that would allow us to use an ATV rear axle. We custom made the rear brake
rotor so we could use a streetbike rear caliper (for better braking).
Once that was completed, we moved to the front of the bike. I wanted to retain as
much of the original bike as possible, so we custom made a quad-like front frame section
out of aluminum and welded it to the sportbike frame.
Next, we used some East Coast ATV (Gibson arms) with the use of the Honda
400 EX front spindles and some hardcore hubs (it started to all come together!) We also
had to make custom front brake rotors (larger than a regular quad rotor). This allowed us to
use some radial front brake calipers off of a 2004 Suzuki GSXR 1000. We added some
sprint car front shocks and had them make us one off rims to fit the quad bolt pattern.
Once the rims and tires were mounted, we were ready for the fenders. We also
made the custom undertail exhaust for a smooth look on the bike. We added the pingel
electronic up and down shifter for kicks. Finally, we added tons of chrome and a custom
paint finish, and there you have it.